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What Can You Earn with an IT Certification?

The technology industry news site, Channel Insider, recently published an article titled, “Tech Certifications That Pay the Best Salary.” Curious what those might be, I took a look at the list.

Their information is based on a survey of 17,000 technology professionals conducted by technology training and certification company, Dice Learning. Dice Learning listed the certifications in order of how much you would earn for your tuition dollar, starting with the most cost-effective at the top.

1. Project management professional
2. Microsoft certified system’s engineer
3. A+ for tech support professionals
4. Cisco certified network associate 
5. Microsoft certified professionals for developers and system architects
6. Network+
7. CISSP (security certification from the Information Security Certification Consortium or ISC)
8. Microsoft certified systems administrator
9. ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library)
10. Security+

Since the article didn’t list any salary data, I have collected some from PayScale’s database on a variety of IT certifications and what you can earn with them. And, there are plenty more to research in the PayScale database. Whether you’re interested in IT project management, computer security or network operations, hopefully this information will inspire you to get the certification you want and earn more cash.

Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)


Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD)


Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) PL/SQL Developer


Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

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